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One More Day NHLPA

from TSN,

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association are continuing to negotiate on the details surrounding an implementation of a rule to prohibit blind-side hits to the head. It was thought at one point that an agreement and implementation might have taken place in time for Wednesday’s games, but that is no longer the case.

Sources tell TSN there will be no decision on Wednesday night. The players have asked the NHL for time to get approval from their Executive Board. The league has given the NHLPA until Thursday to get that approval.

The NHLPA released a statement early Wednesday evening, saying “We have deliberated and endorsed to the NHLPA Executive Board the League’s proposal to implement supplemental discipline this season for blindside hits to the head. Our Executive Board will vote on this recommendation and we will respond back to the League with a decision in the next 24-48 hours.”

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Afternoon Line

If (Donald) Fehr assumes a significant leadership role within the NHLPA, the union will immediately regain some of the creditability it has lost in recent years. The NHLPA will also be in a stronger bargaining position with NHL leadership if Fehr is at the helm.

Jeff Levine of the Biz of Hockey.  More on Fehr…

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Colin Campbell May Move On

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

...Still, it’s hard to imagine the NBA’s David Stern or Roger Goodell of the NFL allowing an underling and mediocrity like Campbell dictate league policy that was fundamentally wrong, unfair to Savard and the Bruins, and also a public relations nightmare for the NHL. Bettman should have stepped in.

  That said, the damage to the NHL’s image would have been much worse if the mainstream U.S. sports media had any real interest in what was happening in the NHL. They don’t. In Canada, most of the hockey media have been giving their pal “Colie” a free pass for years.

  Enlightened hockey people view Campbell’s record as one in which the thugs were treated lightly and victims largely ignored.

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Nashville Hits Key Attendance Mark, $10 Million On The Way

from Nate Rau and John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators said Tuesday the team will reach its critical attendance mark of 14,000 fans per game, positioning the franchise to reap a $10 million revenue-sharing payment from the National Hockey League.

The announcement comes a little more than a week after the Predators’ owners avoided a potential lease default with the city by promising to waive their early termination rights for the next two years.

“As of (last) Saturday, we’re now over the 14,000 mark, and based on ticket sales and how everything is going, I don’t see it being an issue at all,” Predators president of business operations Ed Lang said

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BOG Says Yes To Head Shot Proposal

via NHL.com,

The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors tonight unanimously approved a rule prohibiting “a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact.”

The timing and details of implementation are being worked on by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department in conjunction with representatives of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

added 10:59pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The prospect of a war between the NHL and the players union increased last night when the league announced its board of governors unanimously approved a rule change on head shots that officially does not exist.

continued and be sure to check the comments of this KK post for stories from TSN and Pierre LeBrun on this topic. 

I am going to try to keep this topic under control and will not be posting all the stories that will be hitting the web in the next day.

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Salary Cap Seems To Be Working

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

The last two teams to win the Stanley Cup clashed at Joe Louis Arena Monday, but even after Detroit’s 3-1 victory over the reigning Cup champion Penguins, all that the Wings could be certain of is that they would live to fight another day.

A playoff berth, a Detroit guarantee since 1990-91, is on about as solid footing in these parts as the Big Three.

Welcome to the salary-cap governed NHL that commissioner Gary Bettman envisioned coming out of the 2004-05 lockout, in which parity rules and anyone can be king.

“I think it is working,” Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom admitted, though naturally chagrined that his own team’s struggles this season are a benchmark of that system’s success. “It’s hard to keep a good team together for a long time.

“Players are getting better and they demand high salaries. That’s one of the reasons it’s working.”

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NHL Players- Stop Being Stupid

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Stop and think about the potential consequences the next time you’re tempted to use your elbow to drive the head of an unsuspecting opponent into the glass.

Stop and think what you’re doing before you shove a vulnerable opponent into the boards, causing a collision the human body wasn’t designed to withstand.

Don’t stop being physical. No one wants that.

Just stop the vicious hits to the heads of players who don’t have the puck. Stop the blindside hits.

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Head Shot Proposal May Only Be A Short-Term Fix

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

...And so the five player representatives on the committee – Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators, Jeff Halpern of the L.A. Kings, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mathieu Schneider of the Phoenix Coyotes – are making a counter-proposal to the rule change put forward by the league last week.

“We’ve talked about some things, but we need to bounce it off the league. Whatever we do this year is only going to be a band-aid, we’ve been trying for two years to get something in and the league has said there’s already the rules in place that protect head shots and now they want to make a change,” Spezza said after a team skate at the Bell Centre. “But we have to be careful though, there’s what, 10 games left in the season, you don’t want to make a change and put the refs in a bad position.”

Spezza added that the short-term fix the players are advocating is “very similar” to the language in the league’s proposed rule, but that there is no question that it is only a short-term fix.

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Talking Refs

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

I don’t think I’m alone, but I do have a few concerns about officiating in the NHL. I certainly think (or maybe hope) that others inside the NHL have the same concerns. I am even more concerned about the future of the two-man refereeing system. Someone (read the league) has to invest in more two-man development in the minor leagues. On-the-job-training at this level is not satisfactory, there has to be more two-man officiating well before the young officials get to the NHL. I am also waiting for the announcement soon that Bill McCreary will be asked to delay his retirement for at least one more year.

more hockey topics…

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Referee Dan Marouelli Reminisces As He Nears Retirement

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

In his early days, the legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour got so mad at him, his false teeth fell out.

“I went over to the bench to face the man, and he started to say ‘Jesus Christ,’ and as he’s saying it, the spit comes out of his mouth and lands on my face. Then his teeth flew out. He caught them just before they fell. I said to Al, ‘If you’re going to be spitting at me, I can’t be talking to you.’ “

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